These were among the issues that Dublin city councillors discussed at a recent meeting of their arts, culture, leisure and recreation committee.
If space on newly widened footpaths and pedestrianised streets is given over to private businesses, it might be hard to reclaim, one councillor worries.
Some local residents say the bench needs to go, to end regular disturbances in the early hours. Others say they’d prefer if the bench stayed.
Some Dubliners are disgruntled that staff soak the steps to stop people sitting there. But the manager of the complex says there are litter, health and safety issues at play.
Dara Quigley asks why, for those with little spare cash, Dublin’s centre is so unwelcoming. And why do we put up with it?
A lack of public seating makes city centres a struggle for elderly people, less comfortable for homeless people, and a drag for younger people. So isn’t about time we had more of seats?